About Colorado Youth Ballet

Colorado Youth Ballet is the resident ballet company at Colorado Ballet Society.


It was founded in 2003 by Patricia Hoffman in response to the high level of achievement found in the Ballet Society studios.

Each year’s roster is comprised of 40-60 auditioned dancers from the age of 9-years-old, many of whom are planning for careers as professional dancers or will further their ambitions in college or university programs.


For its debut performance in 2004, the Youth Ballet performed with guest artist and former student of Ms. Hoffman’s, Stella Abrera, principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, and Sascha Radetsky at the Pikes Peak Center.

Youth Ballet repertoire includes:

  • La Barre

  • Paquita

  • Coppelia

  • Balanchine's Valse Fantaisie

  • Cinderella

  • Swan Lake

  • Sleeping Beauty

  • The Firebird

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • Benjamin Britten's A Charm of Lullabies

  • Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra


Each year the Youth Ballet performs The Nutcracker at the Pikes Peak Center or the Ent Center for the Arts.


In past seasons, the Youth Ballet has performed with virtually every musical organization in the Pikes Peak region including:

  • the Colorado Springs Philharmonic 

  • the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs

  • the Colorado Springs Chorale 

  • Opera Theatre of the Rockies

  • the Colorado Springs Conservatory 

  • the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony

  • the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale


The ensemble is also featured in yearly showcases presented by the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre.


  • The Youth Ballet holds annual auditions with Master Instructors for levels 3b-8.

  • Company members have weekly rehearsals in addition to their required classes.


  • Company involvement and fees are a commitment for the entire school year and requires regular attendance.

  • To set up a private audition for Colorado Youth Ballet, call the Ballet Society Front Desk at: 719.272.7078


  • Colorado Youth Ballet assures that dancers with exceptional talent and potential receive the necessary experience to go on to professional careers.


  • Several members have been accepted into, and awarded scholarships to summer programs of renowned ballet schools and dance programs of major universities.


  • Youth Ballet dancers have received top honors in state and national ballet competitions.

  • Dancers registered in levels 3b-8 may audition for the Youth Ballet

  • There are two audition opportunities: June 21 and August 17th, 2019

  • Dancers may be accepted into the Junior Company (Levels 3a, 3b, Int B) or the Senior Company (Levels 4-8)

  • Dancers will be informed either way as to their acceptance into CYB

  • Casting commences with the results of the first audition

  • If you are planning on auditioning, but cannot make the first audition date, you should notify the Front Desk


  • A $475 annual fee ($295 due by August 24th; $180 due by October 1st)

    • Refunds are at the discretion of the Director

    • If a company member withdraws from the company after rehearsals have started, a $75 recasting fee may be applied to your account

  • Company class for Levels 4-8 when assigned on Saturday OR a Saturday Class

  • Company meetings

    • The first CYB Parent/Dancer meeting is set for August 24, 1:00-2:00pm. (Rehearsals begin this date as well)

  • Rehearsal calls are mandatory.

    • Saturday afternoons are typically scheduled for rehearsals, along with Tuesday evenings.

    • Occasional Sunday rehearsals may be required.

    • Schedules are posted and emailed.

  • Each level, 3-8, has a mandatory number of weekly classes to attend. Inquire at the Front Desk for detailed information

  • Training for four full weeks over the summer is required for all company members. Summer training does not have to be completed at CBS. The minimum level of summer training would consist of 6 hours per week for 4 weeks.


  • Ongoing dance education and enjoyment

    • The company experience will enhance the training you are already receiving in class by stretching your growth tremendously through rehearsal preparation and performances as you continue to fulfill your potential as an artist

  • No additional fee associated with performing in the Nutcracker​

  • CYB members receive vouchers for 2 complimentary tickets with the purchase of at least 2 tickets for the Nutcracker and the April performance. Vouchers are available at the Front Desk when tickets go on sale

  • Company members are often given a special discounted rate to CBS held master classes to assist you in taking advantage of the opportunity to work with exceptional dance artists

  • Company members may take additional classes at the level below, on a space-available basis, at no additional charge

Performance opportunities for 2019-2020

The Nutcracker :

  • At the Ent Center on

    • Dec 20 at 7pm

    • Dec 21 at 2pm & 6pm

    • Dec 22 at 2pm & 6pm

    • Dec 23 at 2pm & 6pm (TBD)

  • CYB dancers are cast in 2 roles. Some additional roles are available for Colorado Ballet Society students

  • Dancers cast in The Nutcracker are required to attend all assigned technique classes for their level, as performance choreography may be reviewed

  • Rehearsals are on:

    • Saturdays from noon, and Tuesday evenings from 6pm

    • Occasional weekday evening rehearsals

    • No rehearsals during Thanksgiving weekend unless arranged at the dancer’s availability

    • Rehearsals begin August 24, 2019


  • April 18th, 2020 at Ent Center

  • This ballet is presented by Colorado Youth Ballet and Pre-Professional Division

Optional Performance Opportunities Include:

Petite Nutcracker

  • Petite Nutcracker is a 25-minute, mini traditional Nutcracker, with Party Scene, Battle, and Land of Sweets. Dancers often have two roles and may get to perform roles different than their main Nutcracker roles. 

  • Casting is done the last week of August and rehearsals begin Sept 7.

  • This is an optional activity open to CYB members only, Levels 3a and 3b-8

  • $50 fee (due by September 1st)

  • Dancers must be available Thanksgiving week and will perform 4-8 times during that week

  • November 25 and 26; one performance each afternoon as part of the Nutcracker Tea held at the Briargate CBS Studios

  • November 29 and 30; several performances at Library 21

Beautiful Chaos

  • Produced in collaboration with CS Conservatory of the Arts, Beautiful Chaos is a student-directed production wherein the students of the Conservatory compose original musical works and provide those to the students of CBS for preparation of original choreography. 

  • Dancers of either CYB or CDC (Levels 3a-8) are eligible to choreograph and perform in these works

  • Additionally, student choreographers may choose dancers from CBS that are not company members

  • The performance date is tentatively set for February 9, 2020. Past performances have been held at Stargazers Theatre

  • There is no additional fee for this opportunity


  • Performed in March, Spotlight is one act of the Connexus Dance Collective concert. CYB and CDC dancers (Level 4-8) may perform solos, duets, and small group pieces of either original choreography or pieces from the classical repertoire.

  • The focus of this concert is primarily on faculty choreography, but students who would like to choreograph may submit their ideas for consideration.

  • Dancers who would like original choreography set on them by a faculty member are required to pay for 3 private lessons to facilitate this process.

  • There is a $55 fee for ALL students performing in Spotlight due January 1, 2020

National Honor Society for Dance Arts

  • Student-directed performance in March 2020, for students Grades 9-12. Date and theatre TBD

  • Production roles are filled by NHSDA members, but all dancers from CYB and CDC may be asked to participate

  • Proceeds from the performance are designated for NHSDA operating costs and to benefit a local non-profit

  • For more info about the NHSDA chapter at CBS, please inquire at the Front Desk

  • There is a $8 membership fee due at time of induction

2019-2020 Company Photos

Past Company Photos

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